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Patrick Collins BURNING MOUNTAINLot 3
Price Realised: €9,500
Estimate: €3,000 - €5,000
Patrick Collins HRHA, 1911-1994 BURNING MOUNTAIN Oil on board, 12" x 16" (30.5 x 40.6cm), signed; inscribed verso. Provenance: The David Hendriks Gallery, Dublin (label verso). Sligo-born Collins often remarked that his life was shaped ... Read more
Patrick Collins HRHA, 1911-1994 BURNING MOUNTAIN Oil on board, 12" x 16" (30.5 x 40.6cm), signed; inscribed verso. Provenance: The David Hendriks Gallery, Dublin (label verso). Sligo-born Collins often remarked that his life was shaped by the local countryside, drawing again and again on his memories of roaming the fields of his childhood. Rather than depicting picturesque views, he wanted his paintings to conjure up the feelings he experienced when confronting nature. In Burning Mountain, probably painted in the mid-'60s, there is a suggestion of ridges, hills, small fires, and even the barest hint of a man in the foreground. The fires were potentially dangerous, and we get a sense of this through the agitated brushwork that ruffles the surface, punctuated by nervous black lines. Instead of a calm horizontal horizon, the composition is dominated by a dramatic diagonal line. Collins captures the physical feeling of being there, and of the anxiety of that moment in the silvery grey light, amid the smoke, mist and blustery wind. In Burning Mountain one can see how by steering clear of precise representation the artist was able reveal something of its essence. Collins wanted to express this vision in contemporary terms by accepting the inherent flatness of the picture surface, reducing the subject to a few nearly abstract lines. These lines are the framework on which Collins can hang the voids, and it's in these empty spaces that we find the poetry, the nuances of light and texture, the delicate touch of the brush, the modulations of colour. Dr Frances Ruane HRHA
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